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14 February 2011 @ 03:35 pm

I have been shopping.

Make no mistake. I do not care for shopping. My idea of an ideal shopping experience is to walk into the first available store, see the perfect item, try it on and be out of there in five minutes. This has happened to me exactly once in my life, so you may extrapolate my general feelings on shopping from there. That said, it was a relatively successful shopping experience.

I hadn’t gotten new glasses since before we moved to Ireland, which wasn’t a particularly big deal because my eyesight improves incrementally over the years or changes not at all, but still, I thought it would be nice to have some new glasses. So I went into Specsavers and found a pair, frames and lenses inclusive, for €149, which was apparently as high as I was willing to go for glasses I didn’t really, really need (I have two pair. Possibly three. The last time I lost a pair was in 2002, when I accidentally knocked them from the bathroom counter into the garbage and didn’t notice until the garbage had been emptied. Because I had extras then, too.). Anyway, so I was satisfied with that, and then the woman said, “Two for one,” which I made her repeat several times, because although the Specsaver ads are always going on about two for one, apparently I didn’t believe it. Anyway, being no fool, I got the second pair too, so now I have TWO pair of new glasses, both of which are semi-rimless, so that’s new and exciting for me. :)

Not so much buoyed by the successful glasses shopping as unable to manage to actually set a date with my sister to go bra shopping, I then bit the bullet and went on my own. I even had myself measured, because they’re always going on about how 98% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Apparently I’m one of the two percent who wears the right size, because she measured me at the same size I was last time I was this weight. And I gotta say, wow, eighteen pounds down from where I was pre-pregnancy and boy, still nothing makes you feel like a flabby bit of flesh like trying on bras. Blik. Regardless, I successfully purchased new bras in exciting new colors for not quite obscene amounts of money, so I’m relatively satisfied. Flush with success, I bought new knickers, too, which don’t actually fit like I expected them to, but they’re comfy, so that’s what really matters. And wow, you really wanted to know all that about my underwear, didn’t you. o.o

Then I went and bought a pair of shoes I’ll probably end up returning, because although they fit they’re not really all that close to what I want. Of course, what I want doesn’t exist. What I *want* are a pair of attractive, 2-inch sturdily heeled sandals or slingbacks that have arch support and ball-of-foot padding so they can be walked in, that come wide enough for my quadruple E feet. Actually, what I *want* is a pair of saddle shoes in cream and teal with all the previously mentioned aspect, but that *really* doesn’t exist. So perhaps I should just keep the shoes I bought. And look into selling my soul to earn the cost of custom-made shoes…

Anyway, so that was my shopping trip lately. I’m sure you’re all very excited. I have also dyed my hair the least interesting color I’ve ever dyed it. As I said to Mom, that was my intention–just to darken the brown a bit–but having accomplished my intention, I’m not so sure it’s actually what I /wanted/. I’m suffering from a much more active desire for a Rogue stripe now. :)

And just for the record, I look utterly magnificent in my new J. Peterman coat. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 14th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
By cataloguing all the items, you induce your readers to compose a mental image of the result.

I am so not say "*GIF*! *GIF*!"

(JPEG or nuttin'.)
The Renaissance Manunixronin on February 14th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me that I really need to go get a wavefront eye exam and new glasses. Or maybe contacts. And find out whether I'm a good candidate for wavefront LASIK yet...
Mary Annepers1stence on February 14th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Check online and see if you like any of the "I <3 Comfort" line of shoes....I have a pair on today, and they're one of the few pairs of heels that I feel pretty comfortable wearing all day, even when I'm in a convention center or other work event with concrete/marble floors where I'm on my feet all darned day.....
Rachierachie203 on February 16th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
So much love! After reading your comment I decided to check this brand out, and bought a pair of really cute shoes from Sears on my lunch. $10 on clearance for a great pair of heels, and after a 12 hour day my feet are still happy. Thanks!
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on February 14th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I recommend checking out the Dansko line of shoes. They may have the slingback chunky heel thing that you want.

Or Fluevog. :)
kitmizkit on February 14th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
The chunky heel is mostly only because they're more practical for walking. I don't have a necessarily abiding love for them.

Oh, Fleuvog, I've heard of them. So ugly they're cute, like.
kitmizkit on February 14th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, Fleuvog are basically the coolest shoes I've ever seen. I can't decide if I love or loathe you. :)
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11: Crab Smack!pullthestars on February 14th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Feel free to alternate. I do the same for Kat, who introduced me to them originally :)

(they are SUPER comfy too. Which doesn't help, I know.)
kit: catie_legsmizkit on February 14th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Do they actually fit very, very wide feet? Because I have very, very wide feet. I wasn't kidding about the quadruple E thing.
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on February 14th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm not entirely certain. Their site is remarkably unhelpful in that one area.

But I have tweeted them, since our local store is not open yet today.

Have you checked at Nordstrom? They seem to be good for finding odd sizes and widths.
kitmizkit on February 14th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think I'll email them explaining about the absurd width of my feet and ask if they have anything at all that would potentially fit said feet. I believe i'll include measurements. :)

I used to shop at Nordstrom when I lived in America, yeah. I got my tennies there. It's nearly impossible to find dressy shoes in wide that aren't frumpy, no matter where you shop. :p
ghibbitudeghibbitude on February 14th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have a high instep, and short wide little feet, and have a remarkably hard time with shoes also. I have had good success with the ecco flair mary janes (I think it's the flair..) which is no help at all to you. I'd love to hear about if Fluevog can or does cater to widths, because I'm dying for a couple pairs of Fluevogs.
ghibbitudeghibbitude on February 14th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
buh* Additional to know about Fluevogs, is they're really well made, hand manufactured shoes. it makes a difference, it really does.
Rachie: red-shoesrachie203 on February 16th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
Crap! Now I'm in lust with Fluevog and my wallet is in despair!
tamagotamago on February 14th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
If you get a spectator or saddle shoe style you like off the rack, as long as it's leather you can have it re-dyed in any colors you want. Probably less expensive than a custom option. Alternatively, look online for shops that cater to lindy hoppers. I remember a site that did custom colors for not that much more than plain ol' black and white or brown and tan.
kitmizkit on February 14th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
I can't get one that /fits/. :)
tamagotamago on February 14th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Ah! I missed that bit. I've got an increasingly-hard-to-fit foot, and I'm finding style choice is key for me.

kitmizkit on February 14th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
My feet are very, very wide. I wasn't kidding about the quadruple E. They are also thick in terms of sole-to-top-of-foot. I've very rarely had shoes that fit.
tamagotamago on February 14th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
And pregnancy probably made that worse, am I right?

I also am very high in the instep (sole to top of foot) but except during pregnancy and for the year afterward, I am not particularly wide footed. In fact, I have a very narrow heel, which means that the usual workaround for high instep (wider shoes) totally backfires when my heels slip out constantly. Your wide foot is probably exacerbated by your instep height. Sigh. Teh suq.

I like shoes with low vamps, and less structured shoes are the best. (I live in khussas in the summer, but they are rotten for rainy climates.) I've also had really good luck with dance shoes meant for streetwear (dansneakers, etc...) which come in wide widths and are meant to fit picky dancer feet.

I'm not really giving advice, just sharing my own experience so that you know I understand what you're talking about and sympathize.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 14th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am presently wrestling (operative word!) with the issue of sports' bras. Why do they have to be so ***ing difficult to put on/take off? I mean, a sports bra that needs an assistant is Not Helpful. Bah.
I once accidentally dyed my hair its real colour.
irishkateirishkate on February 14th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
I will be verifying the last bit tomorrow about 10....
blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on February 14th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
All of that and no pics of cute new glasses/coat/hair/bra? Okay, maybe not the bra.
Amber n Tealamber_n_teal on February 15th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Just saying - but as a woman with really short, really wide feet, PLUS really high arches. Rocket Dogs are the ONLY heels I'll wear. They get uncomfortable after a few hours. But that's hours, versus the 10/15 minutes other heels take to start killing my feet.